Artichoke Hold

Jeremy Oertel, Donna | Brooklyn, NY

It may seem like an odd coupling, but St-Germain (an elderflower liqueur) and Cynar (a bitter artichoke amaro) play surprisingly well together, especially in tiki-style drinks. It’s a combination that New York bartender Jeremy Oertel uses in his playfully-titled “Artichoke Hold” at Brooklyn cocktail bar Donna. “This cocktail is actually a play on a play,” he says. “I did a cocktail called the Bitter Mai Tai, and this is its relative.” The warm funk of Smith & Cross creates a heavy base for the bittersweet co-mingling of amaro and elderflower.


Serving: 1

  • 3/4 ounce Jamaican rum (preferably Smith & Cross)
  • 3/4 ounce Cynar
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat

Garnish: mint sprig

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add a small amount of ice and shake lightly.
  3. Strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass.
  4. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.